Q.4:- Write an evaluation of Vietnamese war against the US from point of
(a) Porter in the Ho Chi Minh Trail
(b) A woman solider
(a) I was proud to be a porter on this important lifeline of the army named after our great leader Ho Chi Minh. For many years I have carried material for our revolutionary troops to far distances through mountains and valleys on this trail.
Most of the porters were women who were not involved in the actual fighting. The paths were mostly through our neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia with branch trails leading to our country. The planes of the USA bombed the trail regularly, thus putting our lives in danger. But we carried on without fear, as it was a question of our freedom. After almost 15 years of fighting, we won the war and proclaimed our independence in 1975.
(b) I joined the army as a soldier as there were a large number of casualties among our men. I left my elder daughter to look after the home and the younger children. I was mostly involved in helping the army in maintaining the supplies as well as constructing underground bunkers, tunnels and roads. I was trained in using the rifle and was involved in one battle against the troops of the USA, in which I shot dead one soldier of the enemy. The immense courage of us women our sacrifice, patriotism and bravery made us also heroes of the Will like our men.